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Definitions of formality

  1. a requirement of etiquette or custom Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The condition or quality of being formal, strictly ceremonious, precise, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Form without substance. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Compliance with formal or conventional rules; ceremony; conventionality. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. An established order; conventional rule of procedure; usual method; habitual mode. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The dress prescribed for any body of men, academical, municipal, or sacerdotal. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The quality which makes a thing what it is; essence. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The manner in which a thing is conceived or constituted by an act of human thinking; the result of such an act; as, animality and rationality are formalities. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Strict adherence to external customs; ceremony; method. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. The precise observance of forms or ceremonies: established order. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Quality of being formal; formal observance; ceremony. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. The state or character of being formal; a formal observance; empty ceremony. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. The precise observance of forms; mere conformity to customary modes; established order; mode; external appearance or form; the essence or quality which constitutes a thing what it is; an abstraction as conceived and constituted by a mere act of thought. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. Ceremony; strict observance of social customs; conformity to customary modes; mode or method. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. Formally. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for formality

  1. Inevitably he felt the contrast between this vision and the human beings in the shabby room; and then, in truth, she was a woman; what woman had he seen so far in this dull, little world, where calculation replaced thought and feeling, where courtesy was a cut- and- dried formality and ideas of the very simplest were too alarming to be received or to pass current? – The Deserted Woman by Honore de Balzac
  2. There much of the formality of a city church wedding may be dispensed with, and yet the whole of the religious spirit, which should attend a church wedding, and indeed any wedding, be retained. – The Etiquette of To-day by Edith B. Ordway
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